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  • Writer's pictureBill Raines

Part-time Ambulance Coverage coming back to Mitchell

MITCHELL - MARCH 12, 2024 - The City of Mitchell will once again have part-time ambulance coverage from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm with no additional cost to the county.


The announcement was made during the Lawrence County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning.


Photo: IU Lifeline Ambulance arrives at a Vehicle vs Amish buggy crash Tuesday morning


Lawrence County EMA Director, Valarie Luchuaer said Lawrence County Commissioner Dustin Gabhart and her have working on this for several months.


The ambulance will operate out of Mitchell Manor Nursing home. The arrangement will be monitored to bring additional coverage or eliminate the coverage. This is a trial basis.


The City of Mitchell has been without ambulance coverage for at least three years.


On a normal day it takes an average of 20 minutes to reach the Mitchell City limits.


" The ambulance service we do not have here. I had a heart attack recently, and Thank God for the EMT's we have here in Mitchell. I do not know how long it took for ambulance to get to my house. But then I was taken to IU Health Bedford Hospital and because there was no ambulance available; it took over three hours to get transported to IU Health Bloomington. And then was transported by helicopter to Indianapolis," added James.



Photo: IU Lifeline Ambulance responds to an emergency on Main Street in Mitchell recently


Lawrence County Commissioners funded the four-year ambulance contract with IU Lifeline Ambulance Service using $1.5 Million in ARPA funds.


The county agreed to pay $300,000 from April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023 with an annual stipend of $400,000 in years 2024, 2025, 2026 with the payments made biannually on June 30th and December 31 of each contracted year.


The recent proposal for a fire territory with Marion Township with the City of Mitchell but the biggest selling point of a fire territory was ambulance coverage. The fire territory if it was approved would ot have and ambulance until 2026.


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